10 best first-person shooter games of all time

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Whether you’re playing on console or PC, chances are you’ve come across the first-person shooter genre.

The FPS genre is fiercely competitive and lends itself well to online or local multiplayer, as the gameplay is simple but addictive. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best first-person shooters ever made.

These titles are sorted by the GameRankings rating, although they do also include Metacritic ratings. This is because GameRankings provides an accurate measurement of games developed before the year 2000, while Metacritic becomes unreliable when rating older games.

Only titles that focus on core shooter gameplay were included – for example, Bioshock would not qualify for the list, but Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would.

Check out the top-rated first-person shooters of all time:


Metroid Prime (GameCube)

GameRankings Score: 96.3

Metacritic Score: 97

Metroid Prime


Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox, PC)

GameRankings Score: 96

Metacritic Score: 97

Halo Combat Evolved


Half-Life 2 (PC)

GameRankings Score: 95

Metacritic Score: 96

Half-Life 2 Gordon Freeman with crowbar


GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64)

GameRankings Score: 95

Metacritic Score: 96

GoldenEye 1997


Halo 2 (Xbox, PC)

GameRankings Score: 95

Metacritic Score: 95

Halo 2


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)

GameRankings Score: 94

Metacritic Score: 94

Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare deux


Unreal Tournament (PC)

GameRankings Score: 94

Metacritic Score: 92

Unreal Tournament


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

GameRankings Score: 94

Metacritic Score: 94

Call of Duty 6 Modern Warfare 2


Halo 3 (Xbox 360)

GameRankings Score: 94

Metacritic Score: 94

Halo 3


Quake III Arena (PC)

GameRankings Score: 92

Metacritic Score: N/A

Quake III Arena


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